Sentinel-3 family grows10 February 2016
Sentinel-3 family grows10 February 2016 The signature of a €450 million contract to build two more satellites for the Sentinel-3 mission was celebrated by ESA and Thales Alenia Space of France at an event in Paris yesterday.
Antarctic ice safety band at risk08 February 2016
Antarctic ice safety band at risk08 February 2016 Antarctica is surrounded by huge ice shelves. New research, using ice velocity data from satellites such as ESA’s heritage Envisat, has revealed that there is a critical point where these shelves act as a safety band, holding back the ice that flows t...
Proba-V eyes Bolivia’s vanishing lake08 February 2016
Proba-V eyes Bolivia’s vanishing lake08 February 2016 Monitoring Earth’s surface every day, ESA’s Proba-V minisatellite has had a ringside seat as the second largest lake in Bolivia gradually dried up. Lake Poopó has now been declared fully evaporated.
Mission teams prepare for critical days05 February 2016
Mission teams prepare for critical days05 February 2016 Moments after Sentinel-3A separates from its rocket, a team of European mission control specialists will assume control, shepherding the new spacecraft through its critical first days in space.
Sentinel-3A fully tanked04 February 2016
Sentinel-3A fully tanked04 February 2016 With the launch of Sentinel-3A confirmed for 16 February, preparations for liftoff are charging full speed ahead. The tricky task of fuelling the satellite has now been ticked off the ‘to do list’ and the propulsion team is already decontaminating the...
SMOS gets help from Tibet29 January 2016
SMOS gets help from Tibet29 January 2016 Ground measurements are essential for making sure that satellites deliver accurate information about our changing world. Although the Tibetan Plateau may not seem the obvious place to take such readings, this remote location is being used to check on...